The Castles & Manors Tour - Luxury Ireland in 9 nights.

A look at Ireland in the most exquisite historical castles and manors.

This tour takes in best highlights of Ireland including the West and South West in some of the world's top luxury castles and hotels that will leave everlasting memories. We've highlighted some of the attractions you will see but this is just a teaser of the full itinerary.

When is the best time to visit Ireland.

The main touring season begins in March and ends in October, with the months of May through to September being High Season. There is great value to be found traveling outside of these months along with much quieter numbers on the ground. 

Dublin like other major cities is somewhat an anomaly being busy throughout the year from both a tourism and business perspective, so there is always a buzz about the city.


Day 1 - Welcome to Ireland

Day 2 - Enjoying the Castle History and Grounds.

Welcome to Dublin. Meet and greet in arrivals by your chauffeur driver and transfer to the glorious Ashford Castle in Cong Co. Mayo. Enjoy some light sightseeing, perhaps strolling to 'The Quiet Man' cottage and adjust to your new timezone.

Cead Mile Failte 100,000 welcomes

STAY - Ashford Castle, Cong

Enjoy the day at leisure in Ashford Castle partaking in some of the many amenities on offer. Take a 'hawk walk' and learn about the magnificent birds of prey or take a boat onto Lough Corrib to Inchagoill and visit St Patrick's monastery where he was banished by the pagan druids in the 4h Century.

Ashford Castle Fit for a King

STAY - Ashford Castle, Cong


Day 3 - Exploring Connemara.

Day 4 - The Aran Islands.

Explore Connemara National Park with your guide. Perhaps visiting Kylemore Abbey and Gardens or taking a visit to an Oyster Farm where you can learn about the process and taste your farming rewards. For the active travellers there are some fantastic hiking opportunities such as Diamond Head for views over the bay and islands.

Kylemore Abbey The heart of Connemara

Travelling south  to either Dromoland Castle or the newly refurbished Adare Manor  (destined to be the venue of the Ryder Cup 2026) by taking a boat to the Aran Islands and Inishmor, the largest of the 3. Experience island life and visit the ancient 'Dun Aonghasa' cliff fort. This trip can also be taken by helicopter for views like no other.

The Aran Islands Inismhor, the largest of the islands.

STAY - Ashford Castle, Cong 

STAY - Dromoland Castle or Adare Manor, Co Limerick.


Day 5 - The Wild Atlantic Way.

Day 6 - The Kingdom of Kerry.

Explore the impressive Wild Atlantic Way through the Burren National Park with its impressive exposed Limestone slabs that resemble a somwhat Martian landscape and of course the Cliffs of Moher which you can experience in person.  

The Cliffs of Moher The most impressive vistas

Continuing south to the 'Kingdom' of Kerry by stepping back into ancient Ireland and a time gone bye touring the Dingle Peninsula and Slea head. Visiting the Gallarus Oratory and Beehive Huts and experiencing a Master Crystal Cutter in action at Dingle Crystal before travelling to Kenmare.

The Dingle Peninsula Sunset at Slea Head

STAY - Dromoland Castle or Adare Manor, Co Limerick.

STAY - The Park Kenmare, Kenmare.  


Day 7 - The Ring of Kerry.

Exploring the Ring of Kerry today. There are several touring options, where you decide to tour the entire loop by road or take a jaunting cart through the Gap of Dunloe contuning by boat through the Killarney Lakes. The more adventureous can take a boat on open sea to the UNESCO site at Skellig Michael which you may recognise from the recent Star Wars installments. Pre booking is necesssary.

The Lakes of Killarney A stillnss in the National Park

Day 8 -The Rock of Cashel, Seat of the High Kings.

Sadly we leave magical Kerry and travel to Dublin through the heart of Ireland stopping at the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary. Former seat to the Irish High Kings, it is said the rock was a piece of mountain from Kerry that the devil bit off and spat out! Enjoy and over view of the city with your guide this afternoon and perhaps a stop in Kilmainham Gaol.
The Rock of Cashel Seat of the High Kings of Ireland

STAY - The Park Kenmare, Kenmare.  

Stay - The Merrion Hotel, Dublin


Day 9 - Dublins Fair City. 

Day 10 - Transfer to Dublin Airport.

Taking a 3 hour private walking tour of the city this morning with a light hearted guide strolling through James Joyce and Oscar Wilde streets and learning the deep and eventful history of Dublin from the Vikings to the British. Enjoy a private tasting at the Guinness Connoisseur Bar that afternoon.
The Guinness Storehouse St James Gate

STAY - The Merrion Hotel, Dublin.  

Depart from Dublin Airport with a private transfer. Thank you for using Emerald Custom Tours and we look forward to assisting you with future travels.

Farewell Slan Abhaile

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